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A method of distinguishing nickel gossans from other ironstones of the Yilgarn Shield, Western Australia

Authors
Journal
Journal of Geochemical Exploration
0375-6742
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
2
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0375-6742(73)90021-6
Disciplines
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science

Abstract

Abstract A study of the trace-element content of ironstones of the Yilgarn Shield of Western Australia has shown that statistical groupings of Cu, Ni, Zn, Pb, Mn and Cr may be used to distinguish between nickel sulphide gossans from other ironstones. These groupings are supported by petrological and geological observations as well as drilling information. The paper also explains the use of Cu, Ni, Zn, Pb, Mn and Cr in establishing geochemical signatures for various lithologic types.

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